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Local monthly newsletter from Matthew Barber, Council Leader and Deputy PCC

Cllr Matthew Barber

June 2017

In this month's edition:
  • Thames Valley Police open day
  • Freedom parade in Faringdon
  • Reservoir latest
  • Check your roads
  • Cash seized in drugs raid
  • Abbey Meadows play area officially opened
  • Didcot Garden Town consultation
  • Vale Local Plan bulletin
  • Councils recover over £1.6m
  • Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme
Keep up to date with the latest news and access archived articles on my website at

Thames Valley Police open day

The 2017 Open Day will be held on Saturday 5 August at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre at Sulhamstead House, in Sulhamstead, near Reading (postcode RG7 4DX).
The Force Open Day helps to promote greater understanding of the work of the various departments and specialist roles within the Force.

The Rifles to parade through Faringdon

In 2016 the Rifles was granted The Freedom of the Vale of White Horse, which allows it to enter and parade through the towns and villages within the Vale. It will exercise the honour in Faringdon to mark the granting of this privilege to the regiment.
The Regiment will march into the Market Square at around midday on Sunday 25th June. The Rifles officer commanding the parade will officially ask permission to exercise the Freedom before the parade marches up Church St before returning for the Vice Lord Lieutenant to take the salute.
About 140 members of the Regiment are expected to take part in the parade.

Thames Water renew plans for giant reservoir in the Vale

Once again Thames Water have renewed their proposal for a massive reservoir in the Vale, between Steventon and East Hanney. The Vale District Council continues to oppose the scheme as Thames Water have failed to provide adequate justification given other alternatives to improve supplies.

Thames Water are running a 'drop-in' meeting about their plans at Steventon Village Hall on Monday 10th July from 2.00pm to 8.00pm.

Roadwork alerts straight to your inbox

Information on the latest roadworks in your area of interest can be now be accessed at

You can also set up email alerts by clicking on the envelope icon on the top left hand side of the webpage.  It will only take a few minutes to complete your contact information and personalise the roads and areas that you'd like to receive alerts from. This will reduce the amount of emails you receive on this subject. 

Cash seized in drugs raid

Following an extensive and lengthy investigation by Thames Valley Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, 14 men have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in a conspiracy to supply drugs.
During this operation officers seized over 10 kilos of cocaine and recovered around £560,000 in cash, the largest single cash amount recovered by Thames Valley Police. Read more by clicking here...

Ribbon cut on Abingdon’s new play park

The new play park in Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow has been opened officially at a special ribbon cutting ceremony.
Local school children, including those who had helped with the project, joined the celebrations on Thursday 15 June as Cllr Reg Waite, Chairman of Vale of White Horse District Council, declared the new play park open.
The new Abbey Meadow play park has been designed by play equipment specialists eibe who based their design on Abingdon’s history and the park’s location.

Didcot Garden Town consultation begins

Vale of White Horse District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council have published the Didcot Garden Town proposed delivery plan, the consultation will run until 31 July 2017.
The plan proposes significant new public open spaces, leisure facilities, schools, health centres and an upgrade to the station with improved access to the railway museum. Infrastructure, such as roads, cycle paths and utilities are planned alongside a mix of affordable and private rented homes.
Click here to find out more and view the consultation online.

Vale Local Plan update

A big thank you to everyone who commented on the recent consultation on our draft Local Plan 2031 Part 2 Preferred Options. We received over 3,000 comments from over 500 individuals or organisations.

Click here to download the latest bulletin on the the next steps for the Local Plan 2031 Part 2.  

It also includes an update our Five Year Housing Land Supply position and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), as well as providing information on the Council’s Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) which was published recently. 

Councils recover over £1.6million unpaid council tax

Over £1.6million in council tax arrears was recovered last year thanks to enforcement action taken by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils.
The councils also recovered and saved a further £167,000 after 62 people were caught claiming discounts on their council tax they weren’t entitled to.  This resulted in nine being prosecuted in court and 47 fined.
Cllr Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Help is always available for anyone who is genuinely struggling to pay, however if someone deliberately refuses to pay we won’t hesitate to take tough enforcement action - this could result in a court appearance, a prison sentence or even someone losing their home.”
Read more online by clicking here.
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